Posts Categorized: Districts In The News

Water District Keeps Workers in the Loop and in the Groove

Monday, December 25, 2017

At the East Valley Water District, people’s desire for flexibility in the workplace gets fulfilled — literally. The Highland-based utility has a stretching program for its employees, five minutes of “moving in the groove” to limber up the body and the mind. Field workers start their shifts with…

Peninsula Open Space Preserve – Now Open

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Thousands of untouched acres of open space in San Mateo County opened to the public late last month. The La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve stretches from Skyline Boulevard to La Honda and is six miles stretched out over 6,000 pristine acres. Expect to see a variety of animals including deer, birds,…

Water District to Sponsor Scholarship Contest

Monday, December 18, 2017

The Vista Irrigation District invites local high school seniors to compete for a $1,500 scholarship to attend a college of their choice. The purpose of the scholarship program is to encourage students to learn more about water related issues impacting their community. Students who compete for a scholarship…

Fire Districts are Collecting Food and Toys During Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Montecito Fire Protection District (MFPD) is now accepting donations of non-perishable foods and new, unwrapped toys at either of its two fire stations: Station 1, 595 San Ysidro Road and Station 2, 2300 Sycamore Canyon Road. The MFPD is participating in the 6th annual Season of Hope food and toy…

Career Compass: Perform the Job Before You Get It

Monday, December 11, 2017

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Coaching Program recently published its 59th Career Compass column entitled "Perform the Job Before You Get It" which explores approaches to maximizing the likelihood of getting promoted internally for a new position. If you have missed…

Bond Accountability: How to Make it an Everyday Thing

Thursday, December 7, 2017

In compliance with federal and state legislation, California public agencies are expected to establish and maintain internal control systems to account for and report on the expenditure of funds. There is an abundance of resources available to administrators that provides guidance on the development…

Library District Assists Veterans’ Transition to Civilian Life

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Santa Clara County Library District is offering military veterans assistance with the transition to civilian life. County libraries now offer VetNow, a free online resource that provides veterans with access to job training, housing assistance and educational materials. It is accessible remotely…

Memorial District Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Close to 100 people were naturalized at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District this month. The group took the oath of allegiance and within minutes became citizens and were given a warm welcome by U.S. veterans. Ana Cruz, 28, was among the group. She finally got the courage to become a citizen so she…

Mobile Restrooms a Possibility to Help Costa Mesa Homeless

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

After almost a year of kicking around ideas, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District board members expressed willingness last week to commit funding to provide new public restrooms to help serve the local homeless population, as long as the city also pitches in. Read more...

East Bay Bus Agency to Launch Uber-like “On-Demand” Service

Monday, November 27, 2017

Commuters in a small East Bay suburb will soon have more of an incentive to take public transit: In a first-of-its kind partnership in the Bay Area, a bus agency is offering on-demand rides that passengers can hail with a smartphone or tablet. If that service sounds a lot like the popular ride-hailing…

Agencies Replenish More Water Than Ever Before in 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Together, the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) and the Desert Water Agency (DWA) have replenished more than 330,000 acre-feet of imported water into the Coachella Valley groundwater basin so far this year. That is more imported water than has ever been replenished within a year and is more…

Menlo Fire District Celebrates 100 Years

Monday, November 20, 2017

 Last month, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District capped off a year of celebrating its 100th anniversary by bringing back an old tradition – the "Night of Lights" community celebration that dates back to the 1930s. Kids mingled with firefighters and district officials and watched demonstrations…

Career Compass: Overcoming Deep-Seated Fears

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Coaching Program recently published its 58th Career Compass column entitled "Overcoming Deep-Seated Fears" which explores limitations in leadership roles if we allow fears to get in the way. If you have missed these articles on leadership…

Preparing the Next Generation of Local Leaders

Thursday, November 9, 2017

What do the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, the Napa County Resource Conservation District and the Port of Hueneme have in common? In addition to being a special district, they are also three organizations committed to helping the next generation of youth become career and civic ready. Through…

Two Free Public Engagement Webinars!

Join the Institute for Local Government (ILG) for two FREE upcoming webinars on public engagement: Are You Ready for Public Engagement? A Conversation for Cities, Counties, and Special Districts. November 8, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This is an interactive webinar on how public engagement…

Fire District Provides Gift Cards to Disaster Victims

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District personnel are used to fighting fires and helping people in medical distress, but now they’ll provide a new kind of aid. The district has partnered with the nonprofit California Fire Foundation to begin supplying gift cards of up to $100 to people affected…

New Bike Park Approved by Auburn Recreation District

Monday, November 6, 2017

After an intermittently stormy five hours of public hearings over two nights, the Auburn Recreation District board voted 4-0 late last Monday to approve a bike-park project at a site off Auburn's Maidu Drive. The bike park on U.S. Bureau of Recreation Land adjacent to the district's Canyon View Community…

Water Districts to Assist in Oroville Dam Spillway Repair Cost

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The cost of the main construction contract to repair the damage caused by last winter’s storm to the Oroville Dam’s spillways has almost doubled, state water officials said last Thursday. Now, as 700 workers rush to meet a November 1 deadline to shore up the main spillway, the price tag has grown…

Long Fire Recovery for Northern California

Monday, October 30, 2017

As containment of the Tubbs, Nuns and Atlas fires in Sonoma and Napa counties climbed last week, weary local firefighters continued to assist in that effort, working alongside some 5,000 fire personnel brought in from across the country. As of last Wednesday, the 36,400-acre Tubbs fire from northern…